Archive for Sunday, July 24, 2011

Plans would spend contingency funds to create jobs, help special ed

July 24, 2011


Plans are emerging for the Lawrence school district to spend $3.1 million in contingency funds — essentially money kept in savings — during the next 12 months.

Among them: Pump $336,768 back into some jobs and programs that had been recently cut.

Specifically, members of the Lawrence school board will be asked Monday to approve spending:

• $108,966 for special-education staffing, based on needs of students with individual education plans and to support novice special-education teachers.

• $105,000 to finance extended learning opportunities in schools, to help at-risk students.

• $54,483 for a reading and math interventionist at Kennedy School.

• $40,943 to elevate an assistant principal at each of two middle schools — Central and West — back to full-time status.

• $18,000 for a part-time parent involvement facilitator at Central.

• $9,376 to restore up to four days’ worth of additional work days for counselors at Free State and Lawrence high schools to help students handle the transition to four-year high schools.

The board already has offered to boost pay by a total of $1,250 for each licensed educator for next year, using more than $1.1 million from savings; educators who attain additional education also could make more.

Board members also intend to offer pay increases to other district employees, but detailed discussions have not yet started.


jafs 6 years, 7 months ago

Except that it's generally not a good idea to create jobs with one-time funding.

When it disappears, so do the jobs.

P Allen Macfarlane 6 years, 7 months ago

True, but at least they are working and helping the school system fulfill its mission.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 7 months ago

Saving USD 497 money

USD 497 cannot expect more money from the Brownback admin. In fact maybe less.

I believe the Brownback goal is Charter/Privatization which should NOT be allowed without a state wide vote of approval = democracy in action. Neither concept can provide a better or less expensive education the hard evidence is simply not available. The cost for transition would be enormous. Private industry is in the business to make money not save money = wasted tax dollars.

Based on less money for the next 3 years USD 497:

  1. Think about saving $3 million annually on the school bus contract?

USD 497 budgets $4-4.5 million to bus students. The district is charged at a daily rate depending on how many students use the transportation.

Parents would you be willing to find other means to get your students to school IF it meant keeping all the schools open,teachers employed and retaining important subject matter/programs? Think car pooling,family members ,walking and biking.

USD 497 says it needs $3 million. Can WE come up with $3 million?

IF 75% of students were no longer on a school bus: 75% of $4,000,000 = $3,000,000 (million)

75% of $4,500,000 = $3,375,000

  1. Do not put up any bond issues for new school buildings

  2. Put that new 75 acres @ $23,000 per acre back on the market

  3. Think about selling the extravagant admin headquarters and moving into the Centennial Elementary School building.

Godot 6 years, 7 months ago

Of course, it never entered their minds to use the $3,000,000 to reduce the mill levy.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 7 months ago

USD 497 and parents might check with the T for student rates. Some public school students do make use of the T.

I say investigate all options.

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